The Hot List of activities for the coming weekend

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PSO with Avdeeva

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will aim to keep up the energy of a rousing opening weekend with concerts featuring the Heinz Hall debut of Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva.

The concert begins with Barber's Adagio for Strings and a symphonic suite from Janacek's "Jenufa." Those pieces will be followed by Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 (known as the "Elvira Madigan" concerto, because it is featured in that movie's soundtrack) with Ms. Avdeeva. Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 will close out the program, and music director Manfred Honeck will conduct.

The shows start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25.75-$109.75; or 412-392-4900.

Puppet play

Robin Frohardt's first full-length puppet play uses video, original music and the traditional form of Japanese puppet theater -- Bunraku -- to tell "The Pigeoning." The dark comedy is told through Frank, an office worker in the early 1980s who is obsessed with order and cleanliness and who is transformed by the pigeons that are a part of his daily life. They serve as the embodiment of the chaos and filth of the natural world. Frank begins to believe that the birds are plotting against him.

New York-based artist, puppet designer and performer Mr. Frohardt developed "The Pigeoning" as a resident artist at the HERE Art Center in New York and premieres the production at the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. The show runs at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Bricolage company theater, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $25 at or 412-456-6666.


Genesis revisited

Genesis, one of the better bands in its prog-rock genre, is out of commission, with Peter Gabriel having long lost interest and Phil Collins announcing his retirement in 2011.

What survives is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legacy and a number of tribute bands, like The Musical Box. Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett has remained busy with his solo albums but hasn't been shy about dipping into the catalog. He released "Genesis Revisited" in 1996 and last year returned with "Genesis Revisited II," featuring 10 vocalists, including Mr. Collins' son Simon.

He's taken the project on the road with a full band fronted by singer Nad Sylvan, whose credits include working with Rednex and ABBA producer Michael B. Tretow. "I'm very fond of this music, not just for the nostalgia aspect," Mr. Hackett told Billboard. "I feel like back in those days we had ideas way beyond our capabilities, myself and the band. I'm a different person now. My fingers do different things. The intention may be the same, but the ability to pull it off is miles better now."

The tour stops at Carnegie Library Music Hall at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $45-$85 at or 412-368-5225.

Sweet pop

• Glenn Tilbrook toured with his mates in Squeeze last year, and next year the band is looking to release its first album of new material in 16 years. In between, the sweet-voiced singer is on a solo tour that stops at the Rex Theater, South Side, at 8 tonight. Tickets are $23-$25;

• Great Big World, the New York pop duo of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, has had its music featured on "Glee" and "So You Think You Can Dance." In advance of its debut EP, "Say Something," the duo plays the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square, at 6:30 tonight. $15 at the door.


Come and get it

She's just 21, but Selena Gomez has had a long career that goes all the way to being on "Barney & Friends." In more recent years, she's scored pop hits with "Love You Like a Love Song" and "Come & Get It," which was produced by Stargate ("Black and Yellow").

Those songs will get teens screaming at the Petersen Events Center Friday when the star of "Wizards of Waverly Place" and "Ramona and Beezus" does a stop on her current tour.

"I couldn't be more excited to tour again but this time around the world," she said. "This has been such an interesting few months. My music has grown and I want my fans to see a new side of me. Can't wait to see y'all on the road!"

Following three albums as Selena Gomez & The Scene, "Stars Dance," her chart-topping new album, is an electro-pop record inspired by Britney Spears.

The show is at 7 p.m. $46-$64.; 1-800-745-3000.


'Proptoberfest' at PPT

Love that sofa and ottoman from "Other Desert Cities" you saw onstage at Pittsburgh Public Theater? How about the mahogany executive table and leather-look chairs from "Thurgood"? Or the faux stone benches in "Camelot"?

The Public offers for sale props and furniture at the PPT Scene Shop, 7301 Penn Ave., Point Breeze, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Use the Lexington Avenue entrance next to Construction Junction and near the East End Food Co-op. The sale is cash or check only; customers are asked to bring their own loaders, ropes and packing blankets.


The un-dead party

Arsenal Park will be overtaken by the zombie apocalypse known as Zombie Fest on Saturday.

Presented by "The It's Alive Show," it will feature live bands, zombie Olympics, a best scream contest, brain eating contest, ugly pageant, food, motorcycle run, bar crawl and more.

It runs from noon to 9 p.m. in the Lawrenceville park. Admission is free, but bring a nonperishable food donation for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Information:


Friends and folk

Acoustic singer-songwriters and longtime friends Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin take the stage together Sunday at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg.

Ms. Carpenter, who has sold more than 13 million albums, won five Grammy Awards and scored such hits as "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," is touring on her 12th record, "Ashes and Roses."

Three-time Grammy winner Shawn Colvin, best known for "Sunny Came Home," released her eighth studio album, "All Fall Down," in June, coinciding with the publication of her memoir, "Diamond in the Rough."

The two will play songs from their extensive catalogs as well as some favorites.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. $30-$45 at 724-836-8000 or www.

Society concert

Pittsburgh is the city of champions, so shouldn't that nickname extend to music, too? The Pittsburgh Concert Society will present the second of its three recitals featuring winners of its major auditions competition.

This concert's champions are violinist Leta Chin and euphonium player Fernando Deddos (accompanied by Sung-Im Kim and Mary Lynne Bennett on piano).

The concert starts at 2 p.m Sunday at the Kresge Recital Hall at Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Tickets, which are free for students, $10 for seniors and $15 for adults, are available at the door, at or at 412-279-2970. Maybe these musicians can share their winning ways with the Steelers.


• Dave Mason, the British singer-songwriter and Traffic founder best known for the songs "Feeling Alright" and "We Just Disagree," plays the Palace Theatre in Greensburg at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $45; 724-836-8000,

• OTEP, the female-fronted nu metal band from LA, leads a bill at Altar Bar at 6 p.m. Sunday with Stolen Babies, New Years Day and more. Tickets are $18 to $20;

• Comedian Harland Williams performs at the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday.

• Thomas Jefferson High School's fourth annual Sweet Sweet Jazz features performance by current students and alumni, including the TJ Alumni Jazz Band, the Benny Benack Band and TJHS Jazz Bands. Tony Mowod hosts the evening, which includes desserts catered by local restaurants. It's at the TJ Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit arts enrichment programs in the West Jefferson Hills schools. $15 at or 412-655-0747.

• Pittsburgh's own Freya String Quartet will present a program of new (and new-to-Pittsburgh) works at First United Methodist Church, Shadyside, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. "Fresh Voices" will include a premiere by local composer Zachary Albrecht and pieces by Elizabeth Kowalski, Chung Eun Kim and Matthew Peterson. $8-$15;; 1-888-71-TICKETS.

• Take 6, the a cappella sextet that has recorded with an innumerable list of artists over the past quarter-century, brings its gospel/jazz vocal stylings to the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild's Jazz Hall Friday. The 7 p.m. show is sold out, but tickets are available at $60 each for the 9:30 p.m. concert; 412-322-0800 or

• Jazz banjoist Cynthia Sayer and her band Sparks Fly appear at 3 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at Valley High School, 701 Stevenson Blvd., New Kensington, as the opening act of this year's Allegheny Valley Concert Association series. Call 724-339-3825.


First Published October 9, 2013 8:00 PM


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